Already posted on the Freewing 80mm Mig-21 Fishbed thread.
No pictures as they would be too gory.
On Saturday I had a major incident. She's completely obliterated. Ripped out the servo wires down to the base. Even broke the metal fan housing and that's hard to do.
Beautiful scale-like take off. Gear up, take off flaps up bring her around for the downwind. All good so far. Back on the upwind leg, full throttle high speed pass then vertical.
On the vertical, did a 180 reversing half Cuban maneuver and started the dive. Here's where I ran into trouble. I ran out of altitude. Performed this same reversing maneuver hundreds of times and with the Mig, maybe a dozen or so times. So it really surprised me.
Wham ! Into the trees on the far end of our field. These are mainly thorny scrub trees the will rip anything apart. Arrived at the crash scene and found a mess. Parts were dangling from tree limbs and pieces of foam were spread out in a 20 yard radius. Hardly anything salvagable except for the lipo, esc, rx and stabilizer. Maybe a few servos.
Was really liking this plane but now the conundrum. Do I get a replacement? Arf+? Look for a used one? I could get a new fan and housing. Or do I go for the A-10? or do I hope and wait for FW to bring out a F4 Phantom? or the next new thing? I really like the 80mm series.
I'll miss that girl.
Down but not out,